A helpful video on ACIM daily lessons and how to use them! Going through the Workbook lessons of “A Course in Miracles” is a practical way to release your ideas about how this world sustains you. It takes our mind from believing it needs things in the world to observing that the mind really has no need but God. This makes things extremely easy. We’ll be given everything we need, not only to realize sacrifice is impossible but to see that true acceptance is acceptance of the Atonement.
Unwinding from the World
In Heaven, or pure Oneness, there are no decisions to be made, for there is nothing to decide between. But to the sleeping mind which has denied Oneness, decision-making is a constant process made very complex by the ego. The Holy Spirit, however, can simplify our decision-making process by undoing the false belief system that underlies it. We need merely be willing to step back and let Him “decide for God for me” (T-5.VII.6:11) each time a decision is to be made. This prayerful practice is not only practical on the level of form, but will undo the ego layer by layer, leading the mind back to choiceless awareness and ultimately, back into God.
David Hoffmeister shares on “tuning in” and listening to the Holy Spirit and Jesus, and shares examples from his own life. Listening to the Holy Spirit rather than the ego takes a lot of discernment. On the most basic level, it is asking yourself, “How do I feel?” The deeper you go into miracle-working, the more you start to see there is, in truth, no difference between major and minor decisions. “A Course in Miracles” is a tool to use to help the mind tune into inner guidance from the Holy Spirit.
How did Jesus not suffer? To the ego, it looked as if Jesus was suffering on the cross with nails in his hands and feet. Why do we see this event as suffering? Because the ego made up suffering. And, when we see suffering, we are looking with the ego. It made up the appearance of the body, the nails, and the cross. It made up an innocent lamb and the judgment cast upon it. Yet these are all mere concepts, mere duality. The mind that has been healed of all concepts rests in a freed perspective, or state of Christ.
The world is based on hypothetical possibilities. The mind is described “as if” it has two parts. An event on the timeline has to be an “as if.” As if it will, or could possibly, occur; as if the separation occurred. The whole teaching of ACIM is that the Atonement is a complete escape from the past and a complete lack of interest in the future. This zooms us into an experience. The only thing that makes anything helpful is zoomed into by asking one question, “What is the purpose?” This is an age-old question. And the answer is: it is for Love, for Joy. It is a celebration of divine Innocence.
“Salvation” is for the sleeping mind. God would not give us the means of Awakening without the assurance that the plan would succeed. And we don’t have to save the whales, or the forests, or the planet. No rituals or holy relics are needed; we are not into spiritualizing matter. In 1160, the Cathars were a Gnostic group who actually knew all these things. They taught the same principles that ACIM teaches. These symbols of transcendence keep repeating down through the corridors of time until we finally awaken to Truth.
During a Google Hangout, David Hoffmeister shares about his new book, “Unwind Your Mind Back to God: Experiencing A Course in Miracles.” It’s all about thinking the right thing rather than doing the right thing.
Explore the analogy of Plato’s cave. The Holy Spirit will work with your mind to loosen your trust in things of this world such as money, medicine, economics etc. To come to the last filter means to come to the realization that you are dreaming. This world has no power to hurt you. Ask yourself, am I dreaming? The awareness of dreaming is the function of God’s teachers.
Selling all our possessions will not give us the peace and joy we are so looking for. We have to let go of the concept of possessions and then the spiritual rewards are found in knowing our true Self. It is in giving up nothing that we experience everything.